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Mersal row: BJP leader H Raja steps up attack on ‘Joseph’ Vijay, makes his voter ID card public

Citing Vijay's religion, BJP leader H Raja has been accusing the Tamil superstar of running a "hatred campaign" against the Narendra Modi government. While the controversy first began over 'Mersal' discussing the Centre's pet projects like Goods and Service Tax (GST) and Digital India, it was soon turned into a communal issue by Raja.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Published: October 23, 2017 1:15 pm
h raja, mersal, vijay, vijay mersal BJP leader H Raja reveals Mersal star Vijay’s voter ID card

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national secretary H Raja doubled down on his attack against Tamil superstar Vijay, citing his Christian roots. He even shared the copy of the actor’s voter ID card, which spells his full name, Joseph Vijay. The senior BJP leader captioned it, “Truth is bitter.”

Citing Vijay’s religion, Raja has been accusing the Tamil superstar of running a “hatred campaign” against the Narendra Modi government. While the controversy first began over ‘Mersal’ discussing the Centre’s pet projects like Goods and Service Tax (GST) and Digital India, it was soon turned into a communal issue by Raja.

“Vijay is a practising Christian, he should have said build hospitals before Churches, instead he says build hospitals before temples. It is like provoking Hindus,” Raja told Behindwoods. The BJP leader refused to relent on his rhetoric even when he was reminded that Vijay’s character in ‘Mersal’ was Hindu and he was just playing the role that was written by director Atlee.

He even went on to suggest that there was some sort of conspiracy in the showbiz against Hindus.

Reacting to the controversy surrounding Vijay’s Christian name, the actor’s father SA Chandrasekar said he found the issue very “silly”. He also added that the country belonged to people of all religions.

“I’m a Christian and my wife is a Hindu. When I filled the school application for Vijay, I wrote his nationality as Indian, religion- Indian and cast- Indian. I did not want to stamp a religious identity on my son’s back when he was four-years-old. I wanted him to be first a human being,” Chandrasekar told News18.

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    Chellam
    Oct 26, 2017 at 7:47 am
    To understand Aryanism, I am reading "Don Quixote" again and again. "Don Quixote" seems more sensible of the two.
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      Rick
      Oct 26, 2017 at 6:55 am
      Some Christians in India has got dual names for school and church, for benefit of scholarships, promotions when they attain a certain Economic level they expose their real color and Xtian name. Shame on such people, Joseph vijay is one such man he wanted to stop constructing a Hindu Temple in his movie, Christian propaganda Machine.
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        sakthivelan
        Oct 23, 2017 at 8:20 pm
        Hariharan Raja Sharma is not a Tamilian. He is aryan by birth he has no right to talk about tamilian in tamilnadu. He should be packed to north india, right place for his cheap and dirty politics. Shame on you sharma.
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          arul
          Oct 23, 2017 at 7:49 pm
          Echa Raja we Tamilans respect our people and regardless of religions and other factors if you still mention Joseph Joseph total Tamil nadu will chant we are for Joseph Joseph and poor guy you still do not understand u will not get any votes if u raise same issue
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            arul
            Oct 23, 2017 at 7:33 pm
            How dare you to publish ones voter id you fool , remember you got 50 votes you contested out of 500. I know BJP is so so desperate will do anything to get into power. Remember TN people know how to respect people but do not forget we also know how kick till they die . You think BJP in Power so you can do anything and say as you wish hahahahha look at you in the mirror you are nothing more than the stinging dead animal infected by maggots of hatred, religions riot and power . But we are eagles can see 500 KM above earth flying with big wings on the sky ruling the entire sky TN . shame on you foolish Echa raja
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